Bills Release Fred Jackson

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ORCHARD PARK, NY– The Buffalo Bills announced Monday they have cut Running Back Fred Jackson.

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Jackson, who played 10 years with the Bills, was among 12 players who were cut from the roster.

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Bills GM Doug Whaley issued the following statement:

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“Today, we had to make the difficult decision to release Fred Jackson. He had an incredible career for this organization for the past 10 years. We thank Fred for his hard work, dedication and leadership during his tenure with the Buffalo Bills. Fred has inspired the city of Buffalo in a number of ways. Fred and his family have been dedicated to this community and we can’t thank them enough for their contributions through his career.”
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Nation with Crumbling Bridges and Roads Excited to Build Giant Wall

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—As the United States’ bridges, roads, and other infrastructure dangerously deteriorate from decades of neglect, there is a mounting sense of urgency that it is time to build a giant wall.

Across the U.S., whose rail system is a rickety antique plagued by deadly accidents, Americans are increasingly recognizing that building a wall with Mexico, and possibly another one with Canada, should be the country’s top priority.

Harland Dorrinson, the executive director of a Washington-based think tank called the Center for Responsible Immigration, believes that most Americans favor the building of border walls over extravagant pet projects like structurally sound freeway overpasses.

“The estimated cost of a border wall with Mexico is five billion dollars,” he said. “We could easily blow the same amount of money on infrastructure repairs and have nothing to show for it but functioning highways.”

Congress has dragged its feet on infrastructure spending in recent years, but Dorrinson senses growing support in Washington for building a giant border wall. “Even if for some reason we don’t get the Mexicans to pay for it, five billion is a steal,” he said.

While some think that America’s declining infrastructure is a national-security threat, Dorrinson strongly disagrees. “If immigrants somehow get over the wall, the condition of our bridges and roads will keep them from getting very far,” he said.

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Sheriff of Amherst’s Building Boom Retires After 32 Years

Amherst Building Commissioner Tom Ketchum, 62, has some pro-jects waiting for him at home.
Amherst Building Commissioner Tom Ketchum, 62, has some pro-jects waiting for him at home. 

Oversaw construction worth nearly $4 billion

When Tom Ketchum walked out of his little corner office for the last time Friday, it marked the end of an era in the Town of Amherst.

Ketchum, 62, is retiring after more than three decades as building commissioner for a town that’s been synonymous with building and development. For 32 years, Ketchum had a front row seat – acting as the building sheriff, of sorts – while nearly $4 billion worth of construction rose from the ground in Amherst.

Ketchum has been involved in his share of development controversies – battles with angry residents, lawsuits filed by disgruntled developers.

There is one controversy that still bothers him: the sinking homes in the northern section of town.

“Probably the one that gave me the most consternation was the whole soil and foundation issue that we had back around 2003,” Ketchum said. “It’s always been a little bit of a disappointment that we couldn’t come up with a financial solution for the existing housing stock to help the people out. The problem, in general, is you can’t use public money to fund repairs to private dwellings.”
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Former Church Thief Again Sought by Suburban Police

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After confessing four years ago that he had helped himself to church collections, a former church usher was sentenced to six months in jail. But that sentence apparently didn’t lead to repentance, according to local police.

The same man now is suspected of recently raiding offertory boxes in at least two suburban churches.

John E. Wheeler, 53, whose last known address was Kenmore, is sought by Amherst and Town of Tonawanda police, who are investigating larcenies at St. Gregory the Great and St. Christopher’s Catholic Churches, respectively.

A security camera captured images of a man, believed to be Wheeler, inside the church the night of June 29, when a chapel offertory box was broken into. Between $40 and $50 was stolen, said Charles Cohen, Amherst assistant police chief.
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How Can Water-Rich WNY Tap Into Fiscal Opportunity?

Every time HealthNow President David Anderson looks out the windows of his eighth-floor office in downtown Buffalo, he sees something he believes could be a major economic resource for Western New York: the waters of Lake Erie.
Every time HealthNow President David Anderson looks out the windows of his eighth-floor office in downtown Buffalo, he sees something he believes could be a major economic resource for Western New York: the waters of Lake Erie. 

Economic development officials are looking at ways to pitch the availability of the region’s sustainable resource to lure water-dependent companies

The Buffalo area’s economic ties to water are long ones. Among the key celebrations of the 1901 Pan American Exposition was electricity generated by the region’s hydropower.

Yet many watercentric companies have shuttered, and there are some who believe the region is not doing enough to tap into its proximity to an abundant supply of water and bring back jobs and people.

When David Anderson moved from California to Buffalo a couple of years ago, local business leaders recall their first conversation with him about how to improve the region’s economy.

“He said to buy a ticket and get on a plane to California and say to people there, ‘We have water,’ ” recalled Dottie Gallagher-Cohen, president of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership, the area’s biggest business promotion group.

As disruptive droughts rage in the West and around the world, Anderson is someone who has lived through water shortages. Now as a resident of a Great Lakes state, he sees the economic development possibilities available to places such as Western New York, thanks to its abundant access to water.
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Cross-endorsements Expected to Hand Judgeships to Colaiacovo and Sedita

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Emilio Colaiacovo                Frank A. Sedita III

Party leaders assure picks with ‘cross-endorsements’

We said it was coming and it is.

Sometime in late September, Democrat Party Chairman Jeremy J. Zellner and Republican Chairman Nicholas A. Langworthy will sit down to once again consummate an annual ritual of Western New York politics.

And when they shake hands to end their meeting, the chairmen of Erie County’s two major political parties are expected to “cross-endorse” each other’s candidates for State Supreme Court – essentially guaranteeing their elections.

This year, the process plays an even larger role because of the candidates Zellner and Langworthy are expected to select.

For the Republicans, the favorite is divorce attorney Emilio Colaiacovo, 39, a party stalwart who for years has handled much of the local GOP’s election law issues.

For the Democrats, Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III, 54, is expected to be the Democratic choice, despite criticism over his reluctance to prosecute election law violations and to pass on some homicide cases picked up by state and federal prosecutors.

Both party chairmen say they are open to cross-endorsement of their judicial candidates.
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The Campaign That Never Was: Fumbling the Green Line

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When last we tuned into the Adventures of Poloncarz and Zellner Taking Over the Green Party, our intrepid exploiters were ready to snatch the fourth ballot line from the pathetic local Greens all over Erie County.   Their Opportunity to Ballot (OTB) on the Green line petitions were due to be filed last Thursday.   Then something happened no one could have anticipated.  Out of the blue,  Green Party County Executive candidate Eric Jones received word that Poloncarz was not going to file his County Executive OTB Green petition.    On Sunday Jones issued the following statement: “I’m thankful that the County Executive decided not to file his petitions, but we are still fighting some OTB’s in other races.  In future elections you are going to see more Greens running for office locally, so it will be harder for the Democrats and Republicans to manipulate our line. ”    It is likely that Poloncarz, facing unexpected stiff resistance to his Green OTB efforts, was unwilling to risk an embarrassing defeat in a race he never needed to enter.    Looks like his Green Party palm cards are instant collector’s items.

ECDC headquarters did file their Loughran Green OTB petition in County Legislature District 5, so Republican Guy Marlette is now faced with a decision on whether he supports Green registered, but Republican designated, Lynette Batt or ask Greens to vote for him in a race which he never wanted to enter.    Jones says the Green Party has no real stake in District 5.   Supporters of County Legislature District 3 incumbent Peter Savage III cannot help but notice that their guy respected the Green’s principles from day one and now Peter is one of the few people in Erie County facing a Green opponent.  As a popular incumbent, Savage is likely to stroll back into office regardless of Green opposition, but his situation raises a valid point.   For Marlette, facing a tight race against an incumbent, this is an important concern.    Ideological purity is lovely in the abstract, but, in the real world, people want to get elected.    It looks like Democratic headquarters’ misguided efforts have made the Green line a thorn in its own side.   From  now on it’s like having Ralph Nader running against every local Democratic candidate for dog catcher, siphoning off votes which would otherwise go to the Dems.    In the future, Republicans may routinely run Green registered candidates on the Green Line to vex the Democrats and raiding and infiltration of the Green Party will likely become a growth industry.

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Il Volo to Play Kleinhans Music Hall Feb. 5

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BUFFALO, NY — Parkanna Shows proudly welcomes worldwide musical sensation Il Volo to Kleinhans Music Hall Friday, Feb. 5 at 8 p.m. Il Volo is kicking off their United States tour in Buffalo to support their new CD Grande Amore, due for release in late September. Tickets for this once-in-a-lifetime event go on sale Saturday, August 29 at 10 a.m. Call (716) 885-5000 or visit kleinhansbuffalo.org. VIP seating and VIP packages are available.
In addition, PBS/WNED Channel 17 will be airing “Il Volo: Live from Pompeii” on Thursday August 27 at 9:30 p.m. The special offers a look at their recent concert at the legendary ruins of Pompeii. The spectacle marked the first time since 1971 that an artist (the last one was Pink Floyd) had performed at this  site near present day-Naples.
Il Volo (Piero Barone, Gianluca Ginoble and Ignazio Boschetto) released their first CD in 2011. It debuted at number 10 on the Billboard chart and has since sold more than 10 million copies. The self-titled CD contained ll Volo’s breakthrough smash “O Sole Mio,” along with an emotionally stirring rendition of Charlie Chaplin’s “Smile.” Their astonishing vocals were on full display on the CD/DVD “Il Volo takes Flight-Live from the Detroit Opera House” The PBS special has been shown more than 2,100 times since its original airing in 2012. They have also made appearances on The Tonight Show, The Today Show, The Talk, Ellen, American Idol, Good Morning America and were a surprise guest on the last episode of the HBO hit series Entourage.
Il Volo sang with Barbra Streisand in 2012, performed at Madison Square Garden in NYC as special guests of Laura Pausini, won a Billboard Latin Music Award and toured the United States and Latin America to sellout crowds.
Il Volo, performing under the self-proclaimed motto “Three voices, one soul,” are flying higher for themselves and their fans. After all, their name Il Volo comes from the Italian for “flight.”

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TRUTV’s “IMPRACTICAL JOKERS” ANNOUNCE NEW FALL DATES FOR

CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED TOUR “THE truTV IMPRACTICAL JOKERS’ WHERE’S LARRY? TOUR STARRING THE TENDERLOINS”

TOUR WILL STOP AT KLEINHANS MUSIC HALL IN BUFFALO ON NOVEMBER 7

TRUTV SMASH SERIES IMPRACTICAL JOKERS CELEBRATES 100TH EPISODE ON SEPTEMBER 3 WITH FIRST EVER, QUADRUPLE PUNISHMENT PLAYED OUT LIVE IN NEW YORK WITH HOST HOWIE MANDEL

Los Angeles, CA (August 26, 2015) – The cast of TruTV’s “Impractical Jokers” featuring the acclaimed comedy troupe The Tenderloins (made up of Sal Vulcano, Joe Gatto, James “Murr” Murray and Brian “Q” Quinn) will continue their widely successful brand of comedy on the road this Fall with “The truTV Impractical Jokers’ ‘Where’s Larry?’ Tour starring the Tenderloins.” Tickets for the Buffalo show will go on sale Wednesday, September 2 at 10 a.m. Tickets can be purchased at the box office, by calling (716) 885-5000, or by visiting kleinhansbuffalo.org. For further ticket purchase information, please visit the truTV website at www.trutv.com/shows/impratical-jokers.

truTV’s hit television series, Impractical Jokers, will celebrate its 100th episode, Impractical Jokers Live Punishment Special, featuring a first-ever quadruple punishment played out LIVE in the heart of New York City on September 3 at 7:00pm PT/10:00pm ET. Howie Mandel is set to host the live punishment which includes a heart-stopping dare that’s above and beyond anything the guys have ever done before and promises to keep viewers on the edge of their seats. In the week leading up to the Live Punishment Special, three brand new specials and an all-day marathon will serve to pump up fans which includes Impractical Jokers: Anatomy of a Challenge (Monday, Aug. 31 at 10:00pm ET/PT), Impractical Jokers: Unseen Scenes (Tuesday, Sept. 1 at 10:00pm), Impractical Jokers: Fan-tastic Countdown Presented By Geico (Wednesday, Sept. 2 at 10:00pm) and a full day marathon of viewer’s favorite Impractical Jokers episodes (Thursday, Sept. 3 starting at 11:00am ET/PT).

In other news, the troupe are teaming up with Atlanta based Sixthman, the industry leader in festivals at sea, to bring their special brand of hijinks to life on a cruise. This four-night cruise, sailing on Norwegian Pearl from Miami to Cozumel, January 11-15, 2016, will feature comedians, live musical performances, and of course a heavy dose of the Jokers’ antics. Sal, Joe, Q, and Murr will serve as honorary captains while hosting numerous onboard activities, participating in a Q&A, and performing a hilarious set in the ship’s grand Stardust Theater.

About Impractical Jokers:

The Tenderloins, a New York-based comedy troupe, whose four members – Joe Gatto, James Murray, Brian Quinn and Sal Vulcano – are the creators, executive producers, and stars of truTV’s hit series, Impractical Jokers. Currently in its 4th season, Impractical Jokers follows the guys as they coerce one another into doing public pranks while being filmed by hidden cameras. The 4th season premiere drew more than two million viewers and the program consistently earns Top Five rankings in its timeslot for key demos. This season continues to take dares to outrageous levels with a whole new arsenal of over-the-top hijinks, bringing the show and the guys to new locations and setting each other up for some of the most uncomfortable antics yet. Their highly successful tour, The truTV Impractical Jokers’ ‘Where’s Larry?’ Tour starring the Tenderloins,” is a mix of stand-up, never-before-seen hidden camera videos, stories and insight. The tour has crisscrossed the country playing to 2000-8000 people per market. For more information, please visithttp://thetenderloins.com/.

For further press inquiries on Impractical Jokers and The Tenderloins, please contact:

Alexandra Crotin / 42West
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Amherst IDA Approves Scorecard For Senior Housing Projects

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WOW!  Here’s a shocking development (pun intended.)  The Amherst IDA approved a new “development plan”

The Amherst Industrial Development Agency on Friday approved a “scorecard” for granting tax breaks for market-rate senior housing.

The Amherst IDA built on the county-wide policy for tax breaks for such projects, which includes nine criteria for what the projects should include. The difference is, the Amherst IDA assigned points to the nine criteria, adding up to 100 points; a project will need to score at least 86 to qualify for tax breaks.

“This will go a long way toward helping determine where senior housing projects should receive incentives and where they should not,” said board member Steven Sanders.

Sanders noted a market-rate senior housing project won’t be able to reach 86 points without meeting three of the criteria: promoting “walkable” neighborhoods, following universal design goals during design and construction, and ensuring the project will be at least 50 percent occupied by senior citizens whose income is at or below 60 percent to 80 percent of the median income for Erie County.

“Basically we’re now, instead of saying, these are things that we think should be considered, we are saying these are things that are absolutely, positively necessary or your project will not qualify,” Sanders said.
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